What I wore (to work) Wednesday

10/10/2012 at 1:06 pm | Posted in look good feel good | 9 Comments

It’s back! WIWW!

Horrible fluorescent lighting, fuzzy iPhone photos, the “I’m smiling at myself in a mirror” grimace. I know you’ve missed that face.

And let’s just go ahead and state the obvious: I need a hair style. This pull-it-into-a-bun-every-single-day strategy leaves little to be desired. But the clothes? I’m wiggling outside my comfort zone, you guys! In fact I’m wearing bright orange cords today with a top THAT ISN’T MATCHY.

Progress, friends. Slow and steady.

Here are some recent outfits, brought to you (with much gratitude) by birthday money and gift cards …

Say hello once again to the trusty red pants. I think I wore them every other day all summer. But this particular outfit hints at change, and that’s why I love it.

I have never, ever paired red and leopard print. In fact, I’ve owned those flats for YEARS and hardly ever worn them. Because I’m afraid I’ll stick out. Or I’ll get it wrong. But that totally defeats the purpose of owning animal-print shoes, right?

And I adore this new stripey top, mostly for the cool zipper detail at the neckline:

top :: loft
capris :: loft
flats :: bandolino
necklace :: banana republic outlet

Helloooo wallpaper. Wouldn’t that print be awesome on a pair of pants? Okay. Maybe not.

It’s hard to tell, but this outfit actually has more color than the photo lets on. The skinnies are eggplant, and the necklace has canary yellow beads. I’m thinking a bright cardigan would work better next time, though. My metallic flats are an old standby from a few seasons ago. They’re as comfy as slippers, and they actually look better as they age.

top :: loft
cardigan :: target
skinnies :: loft
flats :: gap
bag :: urban outfitters

Disclaimer: I took the following photo at the end of the day. Hence the crumpled shirt and tired eyes. But still. The yellow is cute, right? It has little button detail on the sleeves so you can wear them up or down. And here’s my birthday necklace in action!

top :: loft
skinnies :: loft
flats :: gap
necklace :: anthropologie

One of my favorite fashion bloggers recently asked on Facebook how people felt about wearing the same clothes more than once. I have to admit, I almost un-followed her on the spot. Because really? How can real people afford not to wear the same stuff over and over again? Part of the fun, after all, is mixing up those pieces in new and different ways.

So it’s no surprise that the same cords and flats make more than one appearance in this post. Otherwise, I’d have to go naked. And it’s getting too chilly for that.

pleated poppy



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  1. You have me inspired to break out my animal print ballet flats.

    I found your blog through the Link up!

    • Thanks for popping over! So glad to “meet” you!

  2. I found you at the Pleated Poppy, and am so glad I did. It’s nice to see working ladies (unless your home bathroom has that rad tile and pink soap dispenser, in which case this just got awkward).

    Anyway, thanks for sharing! You look great. I love the yellow shirt.

    • Ha! Yes, that’s my office. We don’t have any full-length mirrors at home. I used to to top-half shots, but that wasn’t cutting it. Thinking of asking my husband to photograph my outfits … these photos are just so bad. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for coming by! Enjoyed checking out your looks, too!

  3. Just say no to hairstyles! LOL. Okay, get a hairstyle, but please don’t get a short cut. Love your hair long! Also love your outfits. Will look for you tomorrow to see what you’re wearing.

  4. I love all of these! I am a huge fan of boatneck tops and that striped one is calling my name!

  5. Very cute outfits! You look great!

  6. I love ALL of those outfits! And for real, I have the same 5 or 6 outfits on heavy rotation. I am so bad about mixing things up. Kudos for being brave and shakin’ things up!

    P.S. I love the tile in your work bathroom! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. “Otherwise, Iโ€™d have to go naked. And itโ€™s getting too chilly for that.”

    This made me laugh out loud!

    I have a closet and dresser full of clothes and yet I wear the same things over and over and over. If I wear something other than a t-shirt and jeans to work, people ask me why I am all dressed up. I think this is a sign that I need to branch out a little more often with my wardrobe.

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